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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

13-22 June 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio+20

Highlights from Monday, 18 June

During Monday’s Pre-Conference Informal Consultations, negotiating groups considered IFSD, MOI, green economy, oceans, SDGs, energy, Sections I and II, and Section V.A. Late Monday night, delegates were informed that a plenary would convene at 11:00 pm, to discuss a new version of the outcome document. At 2:18 am, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota informed the delegates who were waiting in the plenary hall that a final text would be available by 7:00 am, that a plenary would convene at 10:30 am, and that he would announce to the press that the elaboration of the text has been concluded.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (center) during a very brief early Tuesday morning plenary session
Luis Alfonso d'Alba, Mexican Ambassador to the UN (center), facilitating informal consultations on IFSD
Franz Perrez, Switzerland, Stephan Contius, Germany, and Todd Stern, US, following the consultations on IFSD
G-77/China delegates during the IFSD discussions
Delegates during the SDGs discussion
 

Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil (center)

Farrukh Khan, for the G-77/China, in the SDGs discussions
 

 

 

Delegates waiting for the Means of Implementation document

G-77/China delegates consulting on IFSD
 
 
 

Delegates consulting on oceans

Delegates from the Holy See and Nicaragua consulting on Section V
 
 

Charles Barber, US (right)

André Odenbreit Carvalho, Brazil
 
 

Elizabeth Cousens, US Ambassador to ECOSOC, and John Matuszak, US

Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO
 
Press conference between the Elders and Youth delegates: Elders Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, and Esther Agbarakwe, a youth delegate from Nigeria
 

Paula Caballero, Colombia, consulting on SDGs

Head negotiator from Kenya, speaking with Todd Stern, US, outside the IFSD negotiating room
 
Damaso Luna, Mexico, intervening on SDGs
 
 

John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda, and Elizabeth Cousens, US

Demonstrating a solar device
 
Paulino Carvalho, Brazil (center), facilitator of the informal group on Section V.a
 
Maria Teresa Mesquita, Brazil (center), facilitator of the informal group on oceans
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway
 
Press conference between the Elders and Youth delegates: Youth delegates Sara Svensson, Sweden, and Pedro Telles, Brazil, and Elders Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil
A view of the room during the discussions on Section V.a
 
Jonathan Pershing, US (center), consulting with the G-77/China and the EU on Means of Implementation
 
Youth delegates during a press conference with Elders: Esther Agbarakwe, Nigeria, and Marvin Nala, China
Messages of hope in the foyer of Pavilion 1
 
 
Morning side event on the right to water
Franz Perrez, Switzerland, consulting with Todd Stern and Elizabeth Cousens, US
 
 
Jan Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum, and John Matuszak
Listening to the Means of Implementation discussions
 
Press Conference: UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Fundaçao Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável: The Future We Choose
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, Jonathan Pershing, US, and Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, during the Means of Implementation group

Delegates from the US and Brazil
 
 

Egypt speaking with the US delegation

Carsten Staur, Danish Ambassador to the UN, and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil, with others consulting on IFSD
 
 

 

 
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*Meeting website
*Third PrepCom website
*Third PrepCom organization of work
*Secretary-General’s report on objectives and themes
*Synthesis report on best practices and lessons learned on the objective and themes of the Conference
*UNCSD website
*UNCSD organization of work
*Implementation of Agenda 21, the programme for the further implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
*Side events at Rio+20
*Other events at Rio+20
*SD-Learning at Rio+20
*Partnership Forum
*Rio+20 calendar
*Member states

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*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 23 April - 4 May 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 19-23 and 26-27 March 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
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